OUR CHALLENGE??..."Go Head-long Into The Winds of Change...The Resistance is What Will make You Strong!"
These words are my new "Mantra" for the world we are living in right now...they came to me, out of the blue, as I read a few of the AR posts this morning. There is an enormous questioning happening right now--questions about the motivation of a few of our leaders, questions about the stock markets volatility, the world's wars, the disasters is Japan, the unsettled economy, the frequent public criticism of the real estate profession, and on and on!
We are in a shift that is not easy; it is a shift that happens around the turn of each new century, at least according to Alvin Toffler (Future Shock and The Third Wave) and others like him who have left volumes of reading material in their wake as they headed into the twenty-first century.
Now that we have all arrived, and are fully involved with the "Changes" that we were warned about, it is quite shocking to feel the vibration of a major shift in this bold, new world; a world filled with happenings of those things we can do little or nothing about.
Full bore, we have entered this new place where nothing is settled, nothing feels concrete except for the changes that have taken a hold of our lives. The world has been turned on it's head! Is this what we were looking for? Is the world we live in now a place that we will ultimately embrace?
We collectively have an obligation, a human requirement to face it all and manage it.....manage it in such a way that we don't harm ourselves, or others. I wonder what our Fore-Fathers would say or do to handle the circumstances unfolding in the world---but then I know that there is no way "old thinking" is going to do the trick. This is all new "stuff" we are up against and we have to be on our toes! We must not fall into the trap of using our former ways to come to terms with our new challenges.
We are on the leading edge of a new way of being; we have choices now and we are more aware than ever that we can not do quick and easy things to get such an enormous job done. Our businesses will have to reflect this new way of being, or we won't last!
I suggest that we all examine the way we handle ourselves and our business---are we doing all that we can do to make the public trust us? After watching the Today Show this morning and hearing the hosts talking about the way "You know you can't trust the things the real estate agents tell you when they are trying to sell you a house---They get paid more commission on a higher priced property! Of course they are going to try to get you to go higher in price!"
I was set back by this comment---Totally taken off guard, I was ready to make a call but then thought better of it. Ignorance about our business is thriving and it is getting worse...how many people watch the Today Show? I don't know, but that dialog certainly did us no good as a profession!
- Times have changed and what used to be whispered behind a hand is now out there on Prime Time TV---in the ravings of a novice talk show host....for all to hear, and perchance to believe!
- WHAT CAN WE DO NOW???...WHAT CAN WE DO AS AN INDUSTRY THAT WILL TAKE US FORWARD IN THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE EXCEPTIONAL-ISM???
- LET'S ALL TAKE JUST ONE STEP--ONE STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF BUILDING TRUST IN OUR PROFESSION....WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GIVE THE PUBLIC A NEW VIEW OF US, DO IT!
- NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT; TO CREATE OUR "NEW WORLD" FOR REAL ESTATE.....
- ANY IDEAS??? PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS--AND IDEAS FOR THIS SHIFT IN PERCEPTION!
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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995; Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York
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